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Year 9 Options » Introduction


IGCSE stands for ‘International General Certificate of Secondary Education’.  These are qualifications, which are recognised by sixth forms, universities and employers around the world as evidence of your academic ability. They are excellent preparation for the workplace, or as the building blocks for A-Level and further education.


IGCSE courses aim to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject content, developing the student’s skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving, preparing them for the next stage in their education. Most subjects are examined through written examination papers, taken at the end of the two year course between April and June. Some courses may have practical or coursework components with alternate deadlines. Please check the individual subject pages for this information.


In general, IGCSEs are graded on a scale from A*, A, B, C, D, E, F or G, the highest grade being A*. However, in some subjects candidates take examinations at either Core or Extended levels, depending on their ability. The grades attainable on these levelled papers vary. All grades from A* to G are considered to be passes; however many jobs and further education courses will require at least C grades.


Please read the following guidance carefully: the subject information and the instructions of how to complete the ‘Y9 Options’ form. Ensure that you use all the information available to help you arrive at your final choices. It is very important that you submit your form no later than the deadline at the top of the form to your form tutor.


Your choices in Year 10 may affect your future career, so think carefully. If you already know what you would like to do when you leave school, ask about suitable subject choices. If you do not know what career you may want to pursue, consider which subjects might give you a broad experience.